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“Everything I wanted from a campsite” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Burnbake Campsite and Forest Lodges

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Burnbake Campsite and Forest Lodges
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Everything I wanted from a campsite”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2013

Compared to a lot of other campsites around the UK, Burnbake is pretty basic. But therein lies its charm; instead of attracting people who want to play on fruit machines in clubhouses and huddle in their caravans all weekend watching TVs powered by electrical hook ups, Burnbake attracts the more outdoorsy types.

Some friends and I opted for Burnbake after researching several options. Our main criteria were that we wanted to be relatively near to the coast, we wanted flushing toilets (our one luxury!) and we wanted somewhere that allowed BBQs (the site doesn't allow fires on the ground, but does allow fires that are raised and contained). Burnbake checks all these boxes and more.

One of the best aspects about the camp is that they don't have predefined pitches; you simply show up and pitch wherever you like provided you maintain a distance of at least six meters from other tents. This makes the entire campsite feel more natural and wild. The site is actually pretty big, and you have the choice of camping either in one of the more open field bits, or under the pine forest canopy. We chose the latter, and despite the camp actually filling on our second day (we returned from a hike to find the FULL sign hanging beneath the camp's entrance sign), our site was still actually relatively secluded. In fact, even though the campsite was technically full, it was far from crowded. I can only imagine the people complaining about overcrowding here have never been to a music festival, because by comparison, Burnbake is positively sparse.

The toilet and shower blocks were well maintained throughout the the weekend, never running out of toilet paper or soap, and cleanliness levels were remarkably good. A small shop onsite stocks pretty much absolutely everything you may need or have forgotten, from tents to fuel to canned foods to dog toys to basic medicines to vegetarian sausages. The only thing they don't sell is alcohol. In addition to selling stuff, they also rent large picnic tables, will charge your mobile phone for a small donation to charity, and will freeze your cooler box boards. The shop is open twice a day for about 90 minutes at a time. Another small hut nearby also opens twice a day and does hot drinks and food, although we didn't try it.

In front of the shower blocks is also a washing up area with hot water, a communal recycling and rubbish disposal area, as well as a children's playground, a laundry room, and a payphone. The site also has a number of fresh water points scattered throughout. So while Burnbake is far from a luxury campsite, it caters for all your basic needs more than adequately.

Being very family friendly, there were loads of kids running around so it's not really an ideal place for people who are likely to be bothered by commotion or a bit of noise. Having said that, we found that the campsite became totally silent around 11pm every evening. Whether this was because the staff were actually going around enforcing the curfew or whether people were simply being respectful is debatable, suffice to say that we all slept peacefully each night without any disturbances.

The only things to be aware of is that if you plan to camp in the forest bit, then bring mosquito repellent (although the shop onsite does sell this). Also be sure to totally seal your tent with all your food inside if you leave the site, as my one friend failed to do this and we discovered his tent had been raided by squirrels (one of which was still sitting outside eating his bread when we returned). We also saw numerous rabbits but I'm not sure whether they're likely to steal food.

The campsite is very easy to find, although our GPS units didn't take us directly to the campsite entrance; the site's postcode takes you to another campsite, but all you have to do is follow the road a little further until you see the Burnbake entrance on the right.

The staff we encountered throughout the weekend were all extremely friendly and helpful, which really put the cherry on top of a fantastic experience. We are already planning our next trip there.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

Perfect "pitch-up-and-pitch" campsite in a beautiful location! We arrived quite late - around 10pm - (due to a burned out Lorry on the M25!). Sat Nav found the campsite spot on, although it is very well signposted. On arrival we drove past a small office with a sign saying "Just find a spot to pitch and we'll come find you in the morning". Even though it was quite busy, we found a nice secluded little patch, and we could drive right up to where we wanted to camp too. Rent was collected in the morning by way of a man with a bucket! You can pay with cash or go up to the office and pay with card. The facilities were excellent - there is a big, clean toilet and shower block near to a well stocked shop that opened for 2 hours morning and evening with everything from fresh local sausages to 3p skewers for your marshmallows! Although you cannot build your own fires, BBQs are allowed and you can hire fire pits and picnic tables for just £3 a night, with a £20 deposit. Although there were lots of families on site, it didnt feel overwhelmed; it was a nice peaceful balance of lots of happy campers! There was a large group of noisy-ish people one field over, this comes with the territory when you go camping. It didnt get to a terrible level of disturbance. Dogs were allowed, and although the rules were for they to always be on a lead, this wasnt always seen to be the case - our neighbours dog did wander into our area alot with the owners not bothered. There were loads of signs about this though - I guess there are those few inconsiderate dog owners! We went down to Purbeck to go cycling, and there was a cycle trail 2 minutes out of the campsite - perfect!. A nice ride to Studland bay - although we were a bit more adventurous and went further (and our muscles were aching at the end!). Hot showers when we got back. Although we didnt use it, there was also a pretty decent looking cafe on site that offered breakfast, lunch and dinner and hot drinks. All the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Despite a torrid wet first night, it was a blissful weekend! An absolutely beautiful part of the world - we were only there two days and could have spent a week! Highly reccomend it!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank TrianGorham
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2013

We've just returned from a 4 night stay and had a great experience. The campsite is beautiful with a great laid back vibe - everything a campsite should be and near the sea too. We have recently stayed at Low Wray, Trevedra Farm and North Morte Farm and all of these campsites are similar if you like back to nature camping with no bar or slot machines. We hired a fire-pit at the site for a reasonable £4 per day and spent every evening toasting marshmallows - perfect. The kids also loved playing in the woods and streams on make shift rope swings. We will be back at Burnbake as soon as we can.
The only thing to watch out for is the midges and mosquitoes - take repellant. And it is understandably very popular so it gets very busy.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Dee C
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Hampshire
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28 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2013

I have just returned from a 3 night stay at this fabulous campsite. It was just my 10 year old daughter and I and we loved every minute! The showers, toilets were clean and tidy. The washing up area was always available. You have to some how manoever the taps by holding them back to get a decent flow of water but its always hot!

The staff were very polite and friendly. Nothing was too much trouble. The staff come round each morning or evening to collect the rent and if you decide to stay another night just pay and stay!

Burnbake is a very relaxed site. The other families I met while staying there were very warm and welcoming and like to stop and chat.

Despite the showery weather we had it was very enjoyable. The sound of children playing was a delight in itsself.

There is also a washing machine (£2 a wash - tablets available in the shop for 45p each) and a tumble drier that cost 2 x 50p. Please be aware that it can get muddy here so bear that in mind!

The snack hut sells hot and cold drinks, ice cream, omlettes, pizza, burgers, chips, kids meals etc all very reasonably priced and are delicious and freshly prepared to order. They are open from 5.30pm to 8.30pm during the evenings and in the morning you can have a full english breakfast! I think it opens at 8.30am.

We will be back during the school summer holiday for sure!

Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2013

I have camped at Burnbake a few times over the past few years with groups of friends. We normally go just for a couple of nights and love the fact that the kids can just go and explore and come back when they are hungry, and we feel happy with this at this site. There is not a formal play ground but a rope swing over a river. This is a basic site - no hook up, a shop selling the basics open a couple of hours each day. There is some sort of cooked food sold from a hut but I have not used it so have no idea the hours it is open or what it sells. The shower and toilet facilities are perfectly adequate - kept clean (or as much as they can be whilst in constant use).. This year they have done away with the shower cards - great news! So free hot showers. The washing up facilities are fine too, plenty of hot water. You are not able to pre book a pitch (unless it is a bank holiday), and there are actually no formal pitches. You just turn up, set up wherever you like, and at some point someone will turn up to take your money. I personally wouldn't go on a bank holiday or a school holiday - did go once when it was very busy and was a total nightmare trying to find a place to pitch, and it was way too hectic for me, just my personal opinion though. As with any campsite you do have the odd group of people who have no consideration for others and decide to have music blaring out at all times of the night - but you can get this anywhere. If you want a couple of days back to basic camping (with a loo and shower!) then you can't go far wrong here.

Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Luton, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2013

We took a mid-week holiday for 5 days at Burnbake and loved (almost) every minute. We camped in the trees ~ the picture on the web-site was from our pitch ~ and it was lovely. We were well protected for the horrid driving rain & gales that attacked on our second day (the not fun part) and the pitch drained quickly from the puddles. The owners are super nice and helpful. The shop doesn't over charge. The showers are clean and HOT! Lots of space for everything. My sons had a wonderful time and I felt safe letting them roam free. Well situated to the Jurassic Coast and Corfe Castle, as well as The Tank Museum, Maiden Castle, Dorchester, Wareham Forest, and the joys of Poole. Yes, book here.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank KimMcGuinn81
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Weymouth, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
40 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2013

Although the site was very busy, you are able to coose your own spot and pitch up anywhere. We chose to go off into the woods away from any other tents and it really felt like we were wild camping!
Had a lovely walk the next day to a beautiful spot near Poole harbour.
Took the dog with us and she loved it too!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Burnbake Campsite and Forest Lodges
Address: Rempstone | Rempstone, Wareham BH20 5JH, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Wareham
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 14 Specialty Lodging in Wareham
Hotel Class:4 star — Burnbake Campsite and Forest Lodges 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Burnbake comprises of 22 luxury forest lodges with hot tubs and camping pitches. Camping: The campsite is a very traditional family orientated campsite, an ethos we have strived for since opening in 1975. We are a turn up and pitch site for tents and campervans. I am afraid we are NOT able to take caravans. We have a wide selection of flat level pitches ranging from heavily shaded areas that are perfect for those hot sunny days to more open areas for those looking to make the most of the British sunshine. Facilities wise we have toilets and showers, a shop, small laundrette, small play area and a café open for peak times. We can cater for larger family groups on our events fields by prior arrangement. For pricing, bank holiday booking, and more information please see the campsite website. ... more   less 
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